Paris 1885 – 1941 Montpellier
Signed and dated lower left
Oil on canvas
15 x 21 5/8 in.
38 x 55 cm
Catalogue raisonné Habasque Nr. 18
Francastel – Habasque, Du Cubisme a L’art abstrait, S.E.V.P.E.N.,Paris 1957,Seite 247,Nr.18.
Provenance: Sonia Delaunay; Galerie Louis Carré, Paris
Early oil painting from Brittany by Robert Delaunay, provenant from the Collection of Sonia Delaunay-Terk.
Robert Delaunay (12 April 1885, Paris – 25 October 1941) was a important French artist who, with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes.
The works of his early period before 1908 shows an impressionist style, influenced by the group of Pont-Aven.
In 1908, he met Sonia Terk, who he later married, though at the time she was married to a German art dealer who she would soon divorce.
In 1909, Delaunay began to paint a series of studies of the city of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. The following year, he married Terk, and the couple settled in a studio apartment in Paris, where their son Charles was born in January 1911.
At the invitation of Wassily Kandinsky, Delaunay joined The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter), a Munich-based group of abstract artists, in 1911, and his art took a turn for the abstraction.